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Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, is facing a double murder trial, and in an unusual twist will have to submit his tattoos as evidence. The tattoos on Hernandez hand show guns and the saying “God forgives”. Hernandez isn’t required to take the stand to defend himself, but the prosecution can ask Hernandez to explain his tattoos. Once on the stand, they can then ask him any questions in order to unravel his story.
A new developmental league (think professional football minor league) is hoping to launch in 2018. The idea is to give athletes who aren’t eligible yet to compete in the NFL (age concerns) the option to play in a league where they can get experience and make money. Most athletes would still likely prefer to remain in college, get an education and compete on a high profile stage, but if the league works out as intended, it could provide options for players unable to go or uninterested in college. The Pacific Pro Football League would comprise 4 teams in Southern California competing during July and August.No comments
What a difference a year makes! Last year, the Clemson Tigers lost an extemely close National Championship game to the Alabama Crimson Tide. On Monday night, the tide turned, and in another close game, the Tigers pulled out the win and the rights to be called the best team in college football. Clemson’s quarterback Deshaun Watson made history with a touchdown in the last second of the game as Nick Saban (while tenured as Alabama’s coach) had never lost a game when up by double digits heading into the 4th quarter. That’s 97-0 losses until now. Congrats to the Clemson Tigers 0n becoming National Champions. Clemson 35, Alabama 31.No comments
After 4 blowout games, Wild Card weekend is over and the playoffs are set.
The Houston Texans ousted the Oakland Raiders and will be huge underdogs against the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers destroyed the Miami Dolphins and will face the Kansas City Chiefs. With the 26-6 blowout of the Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks will travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons. The Green Bay Packers will play the Dallas Cowboys after their win over the New York Giants.
The story of the weekend was when Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw a Hail Mary at the end of the first half of the wild card playoff game against the Giants and Randall Cobb snagged it for a touchdown. The momentum of the game changed, and the Packers never turned back. To add insult to injury, almost the exact same play catapulted the Giants to a win over the Packers and an eventual trip to the Super Bowl five years ago. As anticipated, the other story of the game will continue to be the Giants Odell Beckham Jr deciding to party in Miami the week before this wild card game. With only 4 catches, 28 yards and a couple of dropped passes, Beckham insists his disappointing performance had nothing to do with his pre-playoff excursion. He said, “At the end of the day, I went through practice, had zero drops, zero missed assignments — there was nothing to connect seven days ago to [Sunday’s game] and how we played and executed. There is just nothing in the world. It’s just not realistic.” Beckham might even be in more hot water after the game as the security at Lambeau field is investigating reports he punched a hole in the wall. Packers 38, Giants 13.
The Dallas Cowboys will likely be without one of their defensive ends Randy Gregory in the playoffs for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. As of now, he will be suspended for a year. According to Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, the news wasn’t a big surprise, so hopefully for the team they’ve planned their postseason without Gregory accordingly.
The Washington Redskins have fired their defensive coordinator Joe Barry as well as his entire defensive staff staff. The Redskins missed the playoffs this season after losing to the New York Giants 19-10 last weekend.No comments
The NFL playoff picture is coming in to view. After a great weekend of football, the New England Patriots secure the top spot in the AFC East again, giving them home field advantage. In the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs pull out the win in their division.
In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys came away as the NFC East Champs. The NFC South Champs, the Atlanta Falcons, also secure a bye in the first round.
For a complete listing of the 12 teams making the playoffs and their paths to the Super Bowl, click here!
In some NFL coaching news, the 49ers made headlines firing their head coach Chip Kelly after only one season with the team. General Manager, Trent Baalke, was also let go in a disappointing 2-14 season. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak will also be gone next season announcing he will retire due to his health concerns.
In College Football over the weekend, Alabama beat Washington and Clemson beat Ohio State setting up a showdown for the National Championship on Monday January 9th. If that matchup sounds familiar, it is. The same two teams played in the National Championship last year with Alabama walking away the victors. According to Bama coach Nick Saban, “Every season is its own story. No two seasons and no two teams are ever alike. And even if the teams are the same, no rematch between those teams is ever alike either.”
Female Fan has limited connectivity until after the New Year due to travel. We’ll be back on January 2nd. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a wonderful 2017!No comments
With a big win over the Oakland Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs are now tied with the Raiders in the AFC West. The most exciting part of the game came in the 2nd quarter when the Chiefs‘ Tyreek Hill lined up for a punt return, and the fans in the stadium started chanting his name. Hill responded dramatically with a 78 yard punt return. After the game, Hill said, “It was crazy, man. I didn’t know what to do, for real, except for give them what they want, I guess.” Chiefs 21, Raiders 13.
In college football, Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin looks like he’ll be the University of Houston’s next head coach. Kiffin was head coach at USC then offensive coordinator at Alabama since 2014. Houston’s President still needs to sign off on hiring, but all signs point to Kiffin taking the job.No comments
After Monday’s road game against the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie QB Carson Wentz proved he’s the real deal. The Eagles traded up in April’s draft to take Wentz with the second overall pick. The team then traded their established QB Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings just 8 days before the start of the season, and thrust Wentz into the starring role. Their gamble seems to be working out. He’s the first rookie ever to win his first two games in the NFL without throwing an interception. Eagles 29, Bears 14.
Not only are the New England Patriots expected to start a rookie QB next weekend, but now the Cleveland Browns are in the same boat. Robert Griffin III (RGIII) was supposed to be their superstar but he went down in the first game with a broken bone in his shoulder. Josh McCown took over but then suffered his own shoulder injury this past weekend. If McCown doesn’t get better, rookie Cody Kessler (third round pic in this year’s draft), will start. If injuries continue to plague quarterbacks in the League, Tim Tebow might want to reconsider his new baseball gig with the NY Mets and come back to lead a Team.
Georgetown University has a unique package for fans of basketball who want a memorable wedding proposal. They are offering up a “pop the question” package where a planner will work with you to propose during a Hoyas game. The ad even states it’s a win, win, because if your intended refuses your proposal you get your money back for the game.No comments
Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The two superstars had very different paths to baseball greatness. Griffey Jr, was drafted #1 by the Seattle Mariners and became a prolific home run hitter. He ended his career with 630 home runs and 10 golden glove awards. As the son of an All-Star, Griffey was expected to be great, but fellow Hall of Famer, Mike Piazza followed a very different path. Piazza wasn’t taken until the 62nd round and very few believed he’d ever make it in the big leagues. As Piazza stated, “He had unique challenges, being a first-round pick. I had a unique challenge, being a last-round pick. There was pressure on him; there was pressure on me. Maybe a little different, or maybe nuanced a different way.” Griffey is the first Seattle Mariner to be induced into the Hall of Fame and Piazza is only the second New York Met to be inducted.
In other (odd) baseball news, the Chicago White Sox pitcher, Chris Sale cut (using using a scissors) the Team’s throwback jerseys before the weekend game against the Detroit Tigers. He apparently didn’t like the look of them. Not surprisingly, he’s been suspended for 5 games.
A few NBA superstars (including Curry, Lebron, Griffin and Harden) passed on going to the Olympics but Team USA will be tough to beat. They’ve completely destroyed every team on their exhibition tour and even when Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were booed in Los Angeles before a warm-up game with China, the players and Team weren’t fazed.No comments
Chris Correa, the former scouting director for the St. Louis Cardinals was sentenced to prison for 4 years for hacking the Houston Astros computer system in order to gain access to players information and pending trade talks. Correa plead guilty and is seemingly the only one who will be disciplined but there’s still talk of Major League Baseball fining or taking a draft pick away from the Cardinals down the road if they discover any other collaborations.
The World Anti-doping agency accused Russia of authorizing doping of its athletes on a massive scale. 20 sports were included in the report and many are insisting all Russian athletes be excluded from the Olympic games. It seems unlikely there will be a blanket ban on all sports but certain athletes and teams will be under intense scrutiny.
Die hard sports fans take the love of their team to great lengths and doing anything that seemingly disrespects their team can be problematic. So when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (and devoted Green Bay Packer fan) innocently waved a “terrible towel”, an important symbol to Pittsburgh Steeler fans in front of the Pennsylvania delegates at the Republican Convention, he took a calculated risk of offending his Packers. He did predict a Packers/Steelers Super Bowl, however, so it appears he appeased any Packer whom he may have offended.No comments